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Dividend Stocks: 23 New Increases for Yield Seekers Today

Dividend stocks update: Although there are several ways to build a successful portfolio, the one method that stands the test of time is investing in dividend growth stocks.

A Morgan Stanley study showed that 42% of the stock market's total returns since 1930 are thanks to dividends. In four of the past eight decades, dividends contributed more to equity returns than capital appreciation.

Dividend Stocks: Big Banks Boost Payouts, Plus a Dozen More Yield Increases

Dividend stocks news:  The big dividend news last week came from the banking sector on the heels of the U.S. Federal Reserve's stress test.

The test is aimed at ensuring big banks can handle a steep slump like the 2008 financial crisis and continue operations without a government bailout. In total, 25 banks passed the central bank's test, while five failed.

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Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks update: Many investors are rethinking their investment strategies amid prospects of interest rate hikes, especially in the wake of last week's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

During the last five-plus years of a near-zero interest rate environment, dividend-paying stocks have been an attractive option for investors. But with rising rates on the horizon, high yield is becoming increasingly less important than dividend growth potential.

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Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks update: Dividend-paying stocks provide a solid means by which to generate investing income during times of rock-bottom interest rates.

But with interest rates ticking up recently, and the U.S. Federal Reserve winding down its quantitative easing program, investors may wonder whether dividend stocks will remain a good choice should interest rates continue to rise.

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Dividend Stocks 2014: 30 New Increases for Yield-Hungry Investors

Dividend stocks update: Building a carefully curated long-term dividend strategy is a reliable way to reap consistent returns on investment dollars.

Indeed, a study conducted by Morgan Stanley showed that 42% of the stock market's total returns since 1930 are thanks to dividends. In four of the past eight decades, dividends contributed more to equity returns than capital appreciation.

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Dividend Stocks 2014: 30 New Increases for Yield Seekers

Dividend stocks update: Hunting for dividend-paying stocks with the highest yield might seem like the simplest strategy for investors seeking income, but it's not the best strategy.

First, choice is limited among quality stocks - only 13 S&P 500 Index components boast yields more than 5%. Moreover, outsized yields often accompany a big drop in a stock's price.

Dividend Stocks 2014: 30 New Increases for Yield Seekers

Dividend stocks 2014 update: With the U.S. Federal Reserve keeping interest rates at rock-bottom levels since 2008, yield-hungry investors have been flocking to dividend-paying stocks.

"Dividends continue to be one of the few income-generating alternatives to investors," said Howard Silverblatt, senior analyst with S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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Dividend Stocks 2014: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks update: One of the many advantages of dividend-paying stocks is that they provide investors with consistent income.

Wharton School professor and famous investment book author Jeremy Siegel has found that up until the early 1990s, roughly three-quarters of the real return from the stock market came from dividends, compared to just one quarter from capital gains.

Dividend Stocks: 30 New Payout Increases for Yield Seekers

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Savvy investors know that it pays to hold dividend stocks, as they tend to perform better than non-dividend stocks in all kinds of markets.

Data from Ned Davis Research shows that, over the past 36 years, dividend-paying stocks have outperformed the rest of the S&P 500 Index by 2.5% annually. And dividend stocks outpaced all non-dividend paying stocks by nearly 8% annually during this period.

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Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks update: Last week was painful for investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its steepest weekly slide since November 2011. And the broad-based Standard & Poor's 500 Index had its worst week since June 2012.

But dividend stock investors are comforted knowing a steady stream of income from dividends helps soften the blow of falling stock prices.

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Dividend Stocks: 25 New and Noteworthy Increases for Yield Seekers

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Dividend stocks are off to a strong start in 2014. And with S&P 500 companies sitting on huge cash piles - $1.25 trillion for non-financial firms - companies can afford to sweeten payouts.

This follows 2013's generous year in which cumulative dividend hikes amounted to a hefty $56.7 billion.

This is great news for income-starved investors who continue to gravitate toward dividend-paying stocks, as money market funds yield a paltry 0.01%.

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Dividend Stocks: 15 Notable Increases in 2014

Investors had a banner year in 2013 - especially those holding dividend stocks.

For all of 2013, dividend increases totaled a hefty $56.7 billion. That's up from $50.2 billion in 2011.

Among the 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks, 14 dividend-paying stocks boosted their payouts in 2013: AT&T Inc. (NTSE: T), The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), United Tech. Corp. (NYSE: UTX), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V).

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